Guest post is written by reader Rocky (nickname).
I have a MS in Mechanical engineering and fortunately found a job after a lot of struggle. I just wanted to educate Mechanical Engineering students who are planning to do MS in USA Therefore I am writing this article – Job Opportunities for Mechanical Engineers in USA.
First let me tell you, it is a million times easier for people who have degrees in IT or Electrical Engineering to get job than any other streams of engineering.
There were a lot of mistakes that I made. If somebody had answers to all my questions listed below life would have been so much easier.
Which part of the US should you apply to ? (As far as universities)
Always apply to universities on the east coast as there are far more jobs in mechanical and manufacturing that would be willing to sponsor H1B visa.
Never apply to AZ, CA, NM as most of the companies here are defense companies and will not hire a foreigner.
Also if you are getting a degree in Aerospace engineering forget about getting a job.
Is work exp important for mechanical students?
Hell yeah! Atleast get a years experience from India preferably in the design software field (autoCAD, Solidworks, ProE).
If not then at least some kind of experience even IT is fine. I know Infosys and Accenture hire mechanical engineers.
This is mostly because in an interview you will be asked about your problem solving skills and talking about your course projects isn’t going to cut it out for you.
What field or core area should you choose?
I would go with the easiest area which according to me is thermal sciences.
Most Indian students are really strong in this area. Or if you want to challenge yourself you can take solid mechanics with some CAD projects.
Other areas you could try is MEMS or Semiconductor Fab trust me there are a lot of companies in this field that would be willing to sponsor H1B Visa with the right kind of LAB exp (Intel/Micron/Novellus/Global foundries).
In which area are there more jobs?
Manufacturing / Design undoubtedly has the most jobs.
There are no jobs in the Energy / Renewable energy field that are willing to sponsor. Trust me I know what I am talking about.
Even if you decide not to get any work experience get trained in all the CAD software that you know of before you come.
Take easy courses in the spring semester so that to get ample time to apply to atleast 500 jobs for your internship.
Don’t give up until you hit that magic figure.
If you don’t get an internship offer don’t go to India like an idiot and waste your vacation, work under some professor and do some research even if it is for free and you don’t get paid. You can add that work experience to your resume.
Last but not the least be aware of the immigration rules especially OPT, CPT, H1B Visa and then make your decision about coming to the USA to do your MS because after all you are investing thousands of dollars for your education.
Do you have any questions for Rocky about ob Opportunities for Mechanical Engineers in USA?